STAND STILL part of 24hrs an audio radio serial by claudia wegener
stand still, from: 24hrs (joburg jingles) (24:11)
'I am a listener...', and 'I am an artist with a bag...' are some of the more precise responses to matters concerning my bio graphy. Expanding a little, I could also say that: I spend much time with (more and less audible) writings, conversations or performance; and that I have given a name to 'the bag': Radio Continental Drift (paying homage to my name's cousin Alfred... and his drift theory... http://www.archive.org/details/RadioContinentalDrift).
The writings of the 24hrs series are a point of departure for everything I've done more recently. Handwritten footage of street observations translate in to texts, audio and radio work. Translation processes continue between the ears of a listener: radio movies from London, or Rio de Janeiro, or Johannesburg.. Works like 'LONG WALK (abridged)', produced for the RADIA network (http://www.radia.fm/programmes/archive/2007/01/ )complement urban observations with ad hoc street inter-views (sic!), 'dramatic' field recordings, a more 'dramatic' counter-part of gathering footage. I am collecting street sounds (field recordings) and setting a scene for it: initiating dialogue, its back/forth call/ response rhythm. I am interested in procedures when words move bodies, and when language passing through bodies moves words. Under the title STREET WRITINGS, I continue the work with small audience groups who over some weeks of workshops become producers, finally signing as a group a piece of work: a radio programme (broad cast on air, on-line, as CDs, Bluetooth files etc http://www.artwords.co.uk/acatalog/Audio.html ). The trajectory of the NO-GO-ZONES audio radio project is taking this further: we began by gathering a production-team of young people who'd then make contact to, produce reports of and with other culturally active groups. The results are an open on-line archive of no-go-zone audio clips and samples, and ongoing listening and broadcasting exchanges between various groups and individuals (www.nogozones.wordpress.com ).
"The writings of 24hrs collect evidences of an obsessive relationship. It's a known obsession. Shared by many. Walking in the city: drifting. The city drifter is obsessed with the life of the street. And joins it like an alien. The writings are dedicated to the obsession, the streets, the people of the city, and the drifters. Obsessive observation surrenders to a choreography of the street and copy-writes it. The drifter becomes a dicta-phone, a seismograph. The machine of writing registers what escapes statistics, photography or film-making. It writes what is neither simply pictorial nor scenic nor accountable in numerical relations."
publications include: audio: - from 24hrs (London) http://www.gruenrekorder.de/?page_id=175 in print: - 'Autumn Leaves', ed. Angus Carlyle, 'Green Lines' pp.58 (Istanbul, Athens, Nicosia), Double Entendre Paris in association with CRiSAP, 2007, ISBN 09548074-3-X - 'Untitled (the Experience of Place)', ed. Gregor Neuerer, '24 hrs' p.177-194 (Rio de Janeiro), Koenig Books London, 2004, ISBN 3-88375-792-6 - 'Bride and Peacock', in Performance Research 11(1), pp.60-63, Taylor & Francis, 2006